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THREE BEACH PICTURES

 

 

Pink mist rises

from liquid grey glass

as lone jogger passes

*

Shingle crashes

and sun blinks dead-white

at carrousel organ

*

Sky’s rain-pregnant

by electric pier

while far lighthouse flashes

 


 

TEN HAIKU

 

Ivy-hung tower

looks upon padlocked gate-house:

the past's arcane land.

*

Tiled fronts and sashes

conceal crucks and hammer-beams:

expressions pretend.

*

High rocks grow pine trees

while dinosaurs crystallise:

rain injects my skin.

*

Sunflowers decline

in the front garden’s mired lawn:

summer’s last caress.

*

 

Dusk leaves’ smoke ascend;

the park goes to bed sooner

and is left alone.

*

Like aimless moments

I uncover sand shark teeth

in forest-strewn sea.

*

Logic beyond mind:

these notes entrellise my heart

as abandoned friends.

*

Her voice, like her face,

has never dared to reclaim

life’s primal sun burst.

*

 

Poet’s loves recalled,

superstore names forgotten:

the signs of old age.

*

Virgin sheet’s purer

than this written-over page:

self’s fragility.

 

 


 

 

WINTER HAIKUS

 

The wind's blind roaring,

winter screams to be let in:

these night thoughts devour.

*

Clutch of pale pansies

huddling close together:

winter's defiance.

*

Nothing to wait for

except the river's rising:

mind bursts with hills' flood.

*

Red anger of dawn,

incessant leaf-stripping wind;

when will it all end?

*

it's not coming right:

helpless before the descent

darkness comes sooner.

*

Tearing away days,

waiting for the stranger's call,

sun-touched dreams vanish.

*

Litter-thrown branches

on sun-glinted muted lawn:

stroke of dead tempest.

*

Fingers will not grasp,

loosened hair lies uncaressed,

wheels slip in the mind.

 

*

As this stone chapel

rises from dereliction

so too may our hearts.

 

 


 

FIREWORKS

 

Interstellar flowers:

climactic aureole of

a thousand descents.

*

Dusk’s planetary

blossoms ejaculated

in cosmic heartstrings.

*

White efflorescence

of nocturnal waterfalls

burns through prescient eyes.

*

Spectral magma flux

mothers expectant body

like evening’s corset.

 

*

Transcendent coming

lights up autumnal half-smiles

in tropical fire.

*

Unveiling eclipse

cascades Byzantine showers:

deluged covenant.

*

Body pounds in space

earth trembles beneath my feet:

alien spaceships land.

*

Humming birds hover

and suck juices of the night

in rainbow flavours.

 

*

Galaxy’s cleavage

in kaleidoscopic sheath:

choir of silver rain.

 


 

AMSTERDAM

 

Windows of water

reflect on bare-tree canals

as life flows away.

*

They stand in red lights

as the old church carillons

a forgotten song.

*

My kiss flies in air

of a thousand memories,

a thousand losses.

*

How could I surround

my life with entanglement:

barbed wire of bare pride?

 

*

Did it take this smoke

of slow motion cinema

to re-find your smile?

*

Two coots screech in rain

as little waves agitate:

lonely turbulence.

*

Muskets and halberds,

plumed bonnets and plucked chicken:

the night-watch renews.

*

Old houses daydream,

sagging into the reclaimed sea

like declining lives.

 


 

DE HOOCH

 

Light caresses walls,

tiles, half-opened door, her face

like a lover’s hand.

*

There is no-one else

in this room as she picks lice

from the child’s lapped head.

*

You show me your cards;

can it be the winning hand?

Spaniel’s nose quizzes.

*

Courtyard walk, cleaned stones,

belfry tower above the wall,

kiss of morning light.

 


 

POLLOCK

 

Neuron lines enmesh

in layer upon layer:

mind’s nucleus reached.

*

You will never paint

the car crash against the tree

when event is you.

*

White light, infinite

light, is life everlasting

like this and like this?

*

Labyrinth without

solution: no centre here

by galaxies’ edge.

 

*

Ariadne’s thread

guides your hand, catches your eyes,

seeks your heart.

*

City of my mind

contains alleyways of thought

within blue fences.

*

You taught me that life,

melting picture of the mind,

has five dimensions.

*

Could you paint nature,

confabulate weird objects,

when nature is you?

 


 

PANTICOSA HAIKUS

 

Ski-rush through fresh snow,

morning’s golden with new light

as heart beats expand.

*

Windows open wide

on little slates, spiced wood-smoke

and white-laced mountains.

*

Winged feet kiss blanched slopes

turning in the rising sun

as eagles hover.

*

Ascension church bells

and cockerel’s bugle call:

signals of new dawn.

 

*

My boots fixed in skis

earth-bound I rise in ether,

dissolve in snow-sky.

*

Chaffinch hops on thorn,

horse muzzles from dark stable,

stone-warmed lizard tongues.

*

Giants swerve past slopes

while snow-lakes appear below

in dazzling stillness.

*

Rushing insects trace

parallels across the snow

as ice-mountains rise.

 

*

Rainbow refraction:

so many colours in white

when snow kisses me.

*

New paths in the mind,

ski tracks on new-fallen snow:

infinity’s light.

*

Stilled by moving sky

turning snow beneath my feet

measureless sunshine.

*

Brightness of snow-fields:

sense-illumined horizons,

cloud shadows vanish.

 

*

As snow on mountains

I change in a new landscape:

altered yet the same.

*

Reign of snow princess:

ice-mountains iridescent

in arcane sunlight.

*

Snow melts gradually

as strange memories dissolve

and earth emerges

*

Mimosa yellows

crocus purple in the snow:

planet’s lush springtime.

 

*

Aquamarine night

falls on bare shaking branches

vagrant witches fly.

*

Fragile promises

fall like snowflakes, silently

upon dark forests.

 

 

 

 

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